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    About 6 months ago I failed my drug test at MEPS (got the call 2 weeks later). The person who called me said I was temporarily DQ'ed and I that would be able to retest in 6 months. Then shortly after i received a letter in the mail saying I could retest in 45 days at the service's discretion. When I asked my recruiter about this it took him roughly 2 months to respond to me. For those 2 months the station commander was allowing me to go to PT and future soldier classes that they hold every week. When i finally got an answer from him he told me I had been misled and won't be able to join. I already had picked out an MOS and was waiting to ship to basic training. My first mistake was lying to my recruiters about my history with drugs. When they gave me a drug test before going to MEPs I barely passed and they said i would be fine. then they gave me a rundown of what to expect when i get to meps and they asked me what im going to say about drug use, i told them i was going to be honest about it. They told me to just lie about it and say that ive never done drugs and that i would cause theyre whole recruiting station to go under investigation since I initially lied about it. Out of respect for them and overall realizing it was my fault i took their advice. the next day i got to meps went through the normal process and passed the prescreen and went on to sign my contract and perform the oath. i've never blamed anybody but myself, but i really need advice. can i really be misled this much? is there absolutely nothing i can do? everyone ive spoken to has given me negative advice and treated me like im a bad person, im only 18 and have no criminal record and barely got my first ticket back in june. I smoked marijuana because it helped me cope with certain events in my life, but when i began to join the army i felt relieved and as if i were making a right choice. ive quit smoking and for a while i gave up on joining the army and re-applied for schools. but lately its bothering me. I don't want to give up this easily. please if you have any positive advice id greatly appreciate it. if i can't join the army can i join any other branch?

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    Life is not easier in the Army, it is more difficult. They don't exactly have any lessons on coping skills either. A lot of people get the boot for using drugs who also claim self-medication for undiagnosed PTSD. Unfortunately the last I remember, you pop hot on a MEPS drug test, you're done. Even if you have been misled, even if they told you that you could retest. What you have to realize is the Army is downsizing by a significant amount. What that means for you is that if you've popped hot once, you will most likely do it again and the Army can choose to not let you try again. Hence "at the services discretion." Another person had a similar situation to yours. Here's the link:

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    In a nutshell - you're effed.

    You could try again sometime in the future but your MEPS record will still be there. You not only pissed hot but you lied. Even if it was at your Recruiter's suggestion the blame is yours & yours alone.
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    You have to pay for it now.

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    Cool wannabe camp.
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